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Passion Islam I January 2009 LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS I 7
Muslims in New Years
Honours List
Ebrahim Dockrat, 47 of Batley, West to the Muslim community in
Yorkshire has been awarded an MBE his home town, where he
for services to the community in has been actively involved
West Yorkshire. He is the chairman in community and religious
of the Yorkshire and Humberside’s affairs for a number of
Hate Crime Scrutiny Panels, an years.
independent CPS body which looks An Imam at Forest Bank
at the way cases with race, religious, Prison for eight years, and
disable, elderly and homophobic has served in the same role
cases are handled by the Crown at Buckley Hall Prison for the
Prosecution Service. An initiative past two years.
that was originally conceived in West His work involves
Yorkshire in 2004 and the success planning and delivering
has been so significant that the CPS weekly sermons to Muslim
has implemented the creation of inmates, and he has been particularly “I think it is all a matter of being
these panels across the country. effective in helping them make plans approachable. I consider myself a
In other roles, he is the Skills for resuming life when they have human being first, and a Muslim
development Director for the Learning completed their sentences. second. It takes a great deal of time
Skills Council in Yorkshire and the He said of his award: “I feel to build relationships, but it can be
Humber, Chair of the West Yorkshire genuinely honoured, though I had to done.”
Criminal Justice Board Diversity ask myself what I had really done to Salima Hafejee, of Bradford,
Panel and a former chairman of 4 merit the award. To me, I just do what A former director of the Bradford
years and currently member of the I do.” Youth Development Partner-ship and
Indian Muslim Welfare Society based He said: “My prison work is something member of the Youth Justice Board,
in Batley. that I have found particularly has been awarded an OBE for her
He told Passion Islam: “Whilst I rewarding, and I have been humbled services to community relations in
feel very privileged and honoured to when inmates have told me that had West Yorkshire.
receive this accolade, I also feel very they had an Imam like me, they might She left her post with the
humbled by this nomination, as we all never have ended up inside in the partnership in August 2008 and now
know very often it’s a collective effort first place. works as an independent consultant
on part of a team that enables one to “Similarly my multi-faith work is supporting voluntary and statutory
realise a goal and this is very much something that I believe is both very youth services.
the case in our work on the Hate important, and again rewarding. I She is a magistrate in Bradford, an
Crime Scrutiny Panels”. have been involved in numerous independent trustee of the National
Muhammad Chishti, 35 an Imam sermon exchanges with other faiths Academy of Parenting Practitioners
from Rochdale and a father of three and it is essential that we inter-react and chairman of the region’s National
has laso received a MBE for services and learn to respect each other. Empowerment Partnership.
Muslim group welcomes FA Stance against Islamophobia
Association’s concerns over the leniency ought to have, a football banning order
of a sentence handed down to a person which would have prevented him from
who admitted chanting racist Islamophobic attending future matches in the country.
abuse at Middlesbrough Footballer Mido. Both the Football Association,
The conviction of Barry Hutchinson under Middlesbrough FC have also reacted
the Football Offences Act 1991, was the strongly in criticism of the sentence.
first conviction of its kind in the case of Writing to the FA’s Chief Executive Brian
Islamophobia. Barwick.
While the conviction is very much MCB’s, Dr Muhammad MBE welcomed
The Muslim Council of Britain welcomed
welcome by the Muslim Council of Britain, the FA’s position on the issue saying “we
the strong stance adopted by the Football
the MCB is greatly disappointed and concur very much with the FA’s reaction
Association as it seeks to stamp out
concerned with regards to the leniency to the sentence. We would like to display
Islamphobia and racism on football
of the sentence handed down. Mr our satisfaction on the firm position
Hutchinson was merely fined £270 with which you have taken in illustrating your
The MCB endorses the Football
£45 costs rather than receiving, which he disappointment on its leniency.”
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